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Brian May Woodland

Bere Regis plans, creation and ongoing

development of May's Wood

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Dr Brian May CBE came to the Village on 11th February 2013 to present his Vision on how he will plant a 100,000 tree Woodland on the 63 Hectares he has bought to the South of Shitterton. The Forestry Management Company he is using, UPM Tilhill, helped him outline the detail of the plan & had 2 Q&A Sessions, along with Brian, which were very well attended by Villagers.

Here's what Brian had to say about his trip to our Village -

We   had   a   great   day   in   Bere   Regis   today,   and   that   little   village   so   colourfully   named   Shitterton,   or,   to   the   more   coy   visitors,   Sitterton!   It   was   a   public   meeting,   to   enable   me   to explain   our   plans   to   restore   an   ancient   woodland   in   this   area,   and   also   to   seek   advice   and   comments   from   the   local   folks.   It's   a   beautiful   area,   a   wonderful   place   to   bring   up your   children,   and   at   the   time   I   was   contemplating   purchasing,   there   was   a   threat   of   the   surrounding   area   being   built   on   to   the   tune   of   hundreds   of   houses.   This   was   a horrific   prospect   for   the   villagers.   Having   purchased   the   farmland   in   question,   we   then   set   about   evolving   a   plan   to   return   the   whole   site   to   its   ancient   glory   as   original   British woodland.   My   hope   that,   under   the   advice   of   experts   who   have   been   working   in   this   district   for   generations,   is   to   evolve   better   ways   of   Husbandry   of   the   woodland,   more humane,   with   no   Culling,   no   pesticides   no   herbicides,   and   of   course   no   hunting   for   pleasure.   This   will   be   a   safe   place   for   all   creatures,   and   an   environment   in   which   the local people can interact with animals in a way which will benefit everyone. Well, that's my hope anyway. The   reaction   I   got   today   was   incredibly   positive.   The   place   was   packed   to   overflow,   and   in   fact   we   had   to   make   two   presentations   instead   of   one.   We   got   great   comments, great   ideas   and   a   real   feeling   of   a   community   moving   forward   in   an   exciting   new   project.   I'm   very   excited   myself.   I   think   my   favourite   memory   will   be   a   tiny   little   girl   in   purple, who came up to me afterwards and said, "Thank you for doing what you're doing". I hope we get this right. My feeling, and my hope, is that in 100 years time people will be sitting around in Bere Regis discussing this project and saying - "Our grandparents did the right thing for us!" The   only   sour   note   of   the   whole   day,   was   an   article   in   the   Daily   Telegraph   ["Brian   May   upsets   farmers   with   his   latest   plan   to   save   badgers"]   which   was   pitifully   misinformed, mistakenly   describing   this   project   as   a   'badger   sanctuary'   -   with   one   of   those   quotes   from   NFU   boss   Peter   Kendall   saying   that   a   rock   star   should   not   be   interfering   with Farmers'   affairs.   Mr   Kendall   is   such   a   nice   man   that   I'm   sure   he   would   not   be   slagging   me   off   unless   he's   been   misinformed. The   project,   of   course,   has   nothing   whatsoever to   do   with   the   Badger   Cull.   And   I   should   perhaps   mention   that   we   will   not   be   bringing   any   animals   in   from   other   areas   –   that   would   be   a   very   irresponsible   thing   to   do, especially   as   this   is   a   TB   affected   area.   The   purpose   of   this   project   is   to   provide   care   for   the   animals   who   already   inhabit   these   parts,   a   corridor   where   they   can   enjoy   life, and enrich the lives of the local people. For me it's also an opportunity to learn. More soon - and the plans will be on full view to the public. Cheers - and my big thanks to all who attended the meeting today with such positive energy. Bri    

May’s Wood Inaugural Tree and Community Planting Day Plans

Saturday 28th September 2013 - Shitterton Wood Plot Field, Bere Regis

Bring along some gloves, good boots and an edging garden spade or a hand trowel (the trees are quite small) to help make a start on the planting of 100,000 trees! Parking at the site is limited and vehicles should park in the village of Bere Regis which is a short walk to the site

Programme on Planting day

2:30pm Meeting and Welcome Led by Dr Brian May and Julian Ohlsen at Shitterton Wood Plot Field - adjacent to the A35 slip road heading west (BH20 7HU). They will explain the ethos and objectives for the new woodlands and how the scheme will develop.   3:20pm The Woodland Song Performed by the school choir and led by Linda Lamon, this new piece of work will celebrate the event in music and lyrics.   3:30pm Move to Horse Close Plots for Brian’s Tree planting Dr May to plant the very first tree in May’s Wood. Community Planting Julian Ohlsen of UPM Tilhill to explain about and demonstrate how to plant the young oaks and the need for tree shelters, how they work and how to fit them as part of the tree planting process. Tree planting continues as and when people arrive. 4:10pm Wildlife Rocks Talk The Save Me team will give a 40-minute talk about some of the amazing wildlife that surround us and some of the unusual roles that it performs to maintain the natural balance. You will meet the people from Save Me and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue who care and rehabilitate wildlife. Close 5.00pm      The Village is very grateful to Brian for what he has done - the alternative was fields of houses, as had been proposed by the previous Land owners.   The Grainger Trust, a property development company, bought a chunk of Land to the south of Shitterton in the early 2000's. Their intention was to add it to their Land Bank & then develop it into housing when Planning Permission was eventually granted. With   this   in   mind   an Architectural   Design   company   called   FAT   (Fashion Architecture   Taste)   were   commissioned   in   2005   by   the   Trust   to   undertake   a   Master   plan   to   create   a new   sustainable   extension   to   the   village,   using   this   Land.   The   master   plan   comprised   around   350   new   homes   including   affordable,   new   work   spaces   together   with   new community   amenties   including,   a   school,   a   health   centre   and   a   community   hall.   The   new   village   would've   made   use   of   the   most   up-to-date   technology   for   the   delivery   of environmental   sustainability   and   would've   been   constructed   making   full   use   of   Modern   Methods   of   Construction   (MMC's).   It   was   intended   that   the   new   village   would've been an exemplar project which would've set new standards for sustainable regeneration. When the Plans were eventually released to the Village, in the hope of drumming up local support in advance of the Planning Application, there was massive local opposition. The Plans were subsequently rejected by the Local Government & the Grainger Trust sold the Land in late 2012, to Dr Brian May CBE.
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These wonderful Woods, covering much of the farmland south of Shitterton and running up to Black Hill, were the idea of Dr Brian May CBE. Having purchased the land in 2012, he shared his 100,000 tree planting plans and then proceeded to turn his dreams into reality. This page acts as a pictorial record following that journey and also showing you how the Woods are developing today and into the future. As a village, we are immensely grateful for Brians vision and generations of villagers to come will benefit from his generosity. Masterplan Masterplan More Streetscape Streetscape Housing Types Village Square
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© Bere Regis Village  2003  -  2017

Brian May Woodland

Bere Regis plans, creation and ongoing development of May's Wood

(All links open in new tabs)
Dr Brian May CBE came to the Village on 11th February 2013 to present his Vision on how he will plant a 100,000 tree Woodland on the 63 Hectares he has bought to the South of Shitterton. The Forestry Management Company he is using, UPM Tilhill, helped him outline the detail of the plan & had 2 Q&A Sessions, along with Brian, which were very well attended by Villagers. These wonderful Woods, covering much of the farmland south of Shitterton and running up to Black Hill, were the idea of Dr Brian May CBE. Having purchased the land in 2012, he shared his 100,000 tree planting plans and then proceeded to turn his dreams into reality. This page acts as a pictorial record following that journey and also showing you how the Woods are developing today and into the future. As a village, we are immensely grateful for Brians vision and generations of villagers to come will benefit from his generosity.

Here's what Brian had to say about his trip to our

Village -

We   had   a   great   day   in   Bere   Regis   today,   and   that   little   village   so colourfully   named   Shitterton,   or,   to   the   more   coy   visitors,   Sitterton!   It was   a   public   meeting,   to   enable   me   to   explain   our   plans   to   restore   an ancient   woodland   in   this   area,   and   also   to   seek   advice   and   comments from   the   local   folks.   It's   a   beautiful   area,   a   wonderful   place   to   bring   up your   children,   and   at   the   time   I   was   contemplating   purchasing,   there was   a   threat   of   the   surrounding   area   being   built   on   to   the   tune   of hundreds   of   houses.   This   was   a   horrific   prospect   for   the   villagers. Having    purchased    the    farmland    in    question,    we    then    set    about evolving   a   plan   to   return   the   whole   site   to   its   ancient   glory   as   original British   woodland.   My   hope   that,   under   the   advice   of   experts   who   have been   working   in   this   district   for   generations,   is   to   evolve   better   ways   of Husbandry    of    the    woodland,    more    humane,    with    no    Culling,    no pesticides   no   herbicides,   and   of   course   no   hunting   for   pleasure.   This will   be   a   safe   place   for   all   creatures,   and   an   environment   in   which   the local   people   can   interact   with   animals   in   a   way   which   will   benefit everyone. Well, that's my hope anyway. The    reaction    I    got    today    was    incredibly    positive.    The    place    was packed   to   overflow,   and   in   fact   we   had   to   make   two   presentations instead   of   one.   We   got   great   comments,   great   ideas   and   a   real   feeling of   a   community   moving   forward   in   an   exciting   new   project.   I'm   very excited   myself.   I   think   my   favourite   memory   will   be   a   tiny   little   girl   in purple,   who   came   up   to   me   afterwards   and   said,   "Thank   you   for   doing what you're doing". I   hope   we   get   this   right.   My   feeling,   and   my   hope,   is   that   in   100   years time   people   will   be   sitting   around   in   Bere   Regis   discussing   this   project and saying - "Our grandparents did the right thing for us!" The   only   sour   note   of   the   whole   day,   was   an   article   in   the   Daily Telegraph   ["Brian   May   upsets   farmers   with   his   latest   plan   to   save badgers"]   which   was   pitifully   misinformed,   mistakenly   describing   this project   as   a   'badger   sanctuary'   -   with   one   of   those   quotes   from   NFU boss   Peter   Kendall   saying   that   a   rock   star   should   not   be   interfering with   Farmers'   affairs.   Mr   Kendall   is   such   a   nice   man   that   I'm   sure   he would   not   be   slagging   me   off   unless   he's   been   misinformed.   The project,   of   course,   has   nothing   whatsoever   to   do   with   the   Badger   Cull. And   I   should   perhaps   mention   that   we   will   not   be   bringing   any   animals in   from   other   areas   –   that   would   be   a   very   irresponsible   thing   to   do, especially   as   this   is   a   TB   affected   area.   The   purpose   of   this   project   is to   provide   care   for   the   animals   who   already   inhabit   these   parts,   a corridor   where   they   can   enjoy   life,   and   enrich   the   lives   of   the   local people. For me it's also an opportunity to learn. More soon - and the plans will be on full view to the public. Cheers   -   and   my   big   thanks   to   all   who   attended   the   meeting   today with such positive energy. Bri    

May’s Wood Inaugural Tree and Community Planting Day Plans

Saturday 28th September 2013 - Shitterton Wood Plot Field, Bere

Regis

Bring   along   some   gloves,   good   boots   and   an   edging   garden   spade   or a   hand   trowel   (the   trees   are   quite   small)   to   help   make   a   start   on   the planting   of   100,000   trees!   Parking   at   the   site   is   limited   and   vehicles should   park   in   the   village   of   Bere   Regis   which   is   a   short   walk   to   the site

Programme on Planting day

2:30pm Meeting and Welcome Led   by   Dr   Brian   May   and   Julian   Ohlsen   at   Shitterton   Wood   Plot   Field   - adjacent   to   the   A35   slip   road   heading   west   (BH20   7HU).   They   will explain   the   ethos   and   objectives   for   the   new   woodlands   and   how   the scheme will develop.   3:20pm The Woodland Song Performed   by   the   school   choir   and   led   by   Linda   Lamon,   this   new piece of work will celebrate the event in music and lyrics.   3:30pm Move to Horse Close Plots for Brian’s Tree planting Dr May to plant the very first tree in May’s Wood. Community Planting Julian   Ohlsen   of   UPM   Tilhill   to   explain   about   and   demonstrate   how   to plant   the   young   oaks   and   the   need   for   tree   shelters,   how   they   work and   how   to   fit   them   as   part   of   the   tree   planting   process.   Tree   planting continues as and when people arrive. 4:10pm Wildlife Rocks Talk The   Save   Me   team   will   give   a   40-minute   talk   about   some   of   the amazing   wildlife   that   surround   us   and   some   of   the   unusual   roles   that   it performs   to   maintain   the   natural   balance.   You   will   meet   the   people from    Save    Me    and    Harper   Asprey    Wildlife    Rescue    who    care    and rehabilitate wildlife. Close 5.00pm            The   Village   is   very   grateful   to   Brian   for   what   he   has   done   -   the alternative   was   fields   of   houses,   as   had   been   proposed   by   the previous Land owners.   The    Grainger    Trust,    a    property    development    company,    bought    a chunk   of   Land   to   the   south   of   Shitterton   in   the   early   2000's.   Their intention   was   to   add   it   to   their   Land   Bank   &   then   develop   it   into housing when Planning Permission was eventually granted. With    this    in    mind    an    Architectural    Design    company    called    FAT (Fashion Architecture   Taste)   were   commissioned   in   2005   by   the   Trust to   undertake   a   Masterplan   to   create   a   new   sustainable   extension   to the   village,   using   this   Land.   The   masterplan   comprised   around   350 new   homes   including   affordable,   new   work   spaces   together   with   new community    amenties    including,    a    school,    a    health    centre    and    a community   hall.   The   new   village   would've   made   use   of   the   most   up- to-date   technology   for   the   delivery   of   environmental   sustainability   and would've   been   constructed   making   full   use   of   Modern   Methods   of Construction   (MMC's).   It   was   intended   that   the   new   village   would've been    an    exemplar    project    which    would've    set    new    standards    for sustainable regeneration. When   the   Plans   were   eventually   released   to   the   Village,   in   the   hope   of drumming   up   local   support   in   advance   of   the   Planning   Application, there   was   massive   local   opposition.   The   Plans   were   subsequently rejected   by   the   Local   Government   &   the   Grainger   Trust   sold   the   Land in late 2012, to Dr Brian May CBE.
Bere Regis Village Website
Masterplan Masterplan More Streetscape Streetscape Housing Types Village Square
 BBC South Today News Report on Brians Visit...